Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across Scotland. During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading.

We are very pleased that popular children’s author, David MacPhail has produced three videos for us in which he reads excerpts from some of his latest books. David also describes how he goes about writing his books which should be of interest to any budding authors.

David has kindly agreed to take questions from viewers and will answer them in a follow-up video on 20th November, 2020. By sending your questions you will be entered in a prize draw in which you could win copies of David’s books and membership of our Hub Library (see below for full details).

Questions need to be sent to David by 13th November, but you can still enter the prize draw until the 22nd November.

David replies to your questions

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Book Week Scotland event. If you didn’t manage to join in, then don’t worry – David’s three book readings will still be available on this page for several weeks and you can watch them anytime on our Youtube channel.

Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Putrid Potion

Suitable for children in P1/P2 up to P4

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don’t mind and it’s not too inconvenient…

Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all.

Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Soup

Suitable for children in P4 to P5

Since his dad literally did a vanishing act (he’s a magician!), Jay Patel has turned detective, and now, with the help of his ghostly grandpa, he’s on a new case — a murder in a fancy country hotel where the cause of death appears to be… Soup!

White Feather

Suitable for children age 8+

The war is won but for Tony there is little to celebrate. His brother never returned from no man’s land and has died not as a hero but executed as a coward. Refusing to believe that his brother was a traitor, a grief stricken Tony is pushed to the edge in his dark quest to uncover the horrifying truth. A thrilling narrative of intertwining perspectives.

Prize Draw

We will be holding a prize draw in which you will have the chance to win a  Library Hub annual membership and signed copies of David’s books.

To enter, simply use the form on this page to send your question to David and join us again on or after 20th November to hear his answers and find out if you’ve won.

We will not accept any questions to David after the 13th November, but the prize draw will remain open to anyone resident in Scotland until 22nd November, 2020.

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